Our Strength is in our Numbers... Our Power is in our Unity! 

Governor's Office 
of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

in partnership with the

Maryland Association of Counties (MACo)

invites you to attend

RSG 40th Anniversary

Procurement Connections Workshop

Are you interested in contracting opportunities with state and local government agencies?   If so, then our Ready, Set, GROW! procurement connections workshop is for you. Join us for an overview of how our small, minority, women, and veteran procurement programs work. You'll hear what buyers are looking for right now, and what's in their pipeline, then meet with them one-on-one during the open networking session. You can also connect with a variety of resource partners who can help your small business thrive.

Who should attend this FREE workshop? Small, minority, women, and veteran small business owners interested in doing business in the government sector.


Friday, August 17, 2018
9 AM - Noon

Ronald Powell Convention Center
4001 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD

Advance registration is required and provides admission to the workshop only. 

Governor's Office of Small, Minority 
& Women Business Affairs 

invites you to reserve a seat for our upcoming

Technical Training Classroom

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Governor's Coordinating Offices
First Floor Training Room
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032 

SmallBiz Conference

Marketing 101

10 a.m. - 12 noon

Is marketing important for small businesses? If you want to compete against businesses of any size, than the answer is definitely YES! Join us for tips and techniques from an experienced marketing professional. You will walk away with valuable insights on branding, communication strategies, and measurement tools that can have a positive impact on your business.

Our special guest is Dr. Lisa Amans, owner of BlackSheep Consulting, LLC. This small business owner has a doctorate in marketing and tons of collegiate teaching experience.

Who should attend? Small business owners who want to effectively communicate the value of their business and attract new customers through proven marketing efforts.



Navigating eMaryland Marketplace

2 - 4 p.m.

What exactly is eMaryland Marketplace? Opportunities in the State contracting marketplace are advertised on eMaryland Marketplace. Vendors who want to compete in this arena must register (for free) on this electronic bid board system in order to receive solicitation notices, search for contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool and make it work for your company.

Our special guest is Cristen Ervin, Training and Outreach Coordinator with the Maryland Department of General Services. She authored many of the eMaryland Marketplace User Guides in place today.

Who should attend? Small business owners who are ready and able to perform on state-funded contracts.


What you need to know:

There is no cost to attend.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Free parking and guest WiFi are available on-site.
Photo ID is required upon entry to the building.
Café on premises (electronic payment only).


Morning Masters Brunch for Entrepreneurs hosted by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Mayor's Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business  
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum 
4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209


You are cordially invited to attend the Morning Masters Brunch for Entrepreneurs on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.! Morning Masters is a  community forum presented by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Mayor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business examining small business development through the lens of health equity and economic inclusion. The forum will convene community leaders, policy makers, and public health experts for a series of conversations on total wellness, business strategy, resource development and neighborhood revitalization. Enjoy a locally catered brunch, fireside chats by featured guests, and networking among the most interesting and disruptive entrepreneurs, artists, activists and community leaders in the region.

The first edition of Morning Masters features special guest Shanti Das. Shanti Das is an accomplished music industry veteran, consultant, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has sustained the careers of a long list of multi-platinum recording stars from TLC, OutKast, Usher and Prince while working at  LaFace, Columbia, and Universal Motown.  Das is also the founder of the Hip-Hop Professional Foundation and the Silence the Shame Movement where she enlists her deep business network to lead conversations about mental health. In addition to raising awareness she connects individuals to counseling and wellness resources as creator and host of the Silence the Shame Podcast.

This forum will be moderated by Audrey L. Johnson Regional Lead and Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity and Economic Impact for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States Region and Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, Director of  Community Health for Greater Baltimore Kaiser Permanente.

Additional guest speakers will be announced.

This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis. Because space is limited an RSVP is required. Follow this link to learn more and to register

Questions? Please call the Mayor's Office of Small, Minority and Women Business at 410-396-3818.



US Black Chambers, Inc.'s Entrepreneur Training Program

Enroll now in this exclusive educational opportunity designed to help USBC members gain access to capital. Our information sessions provide an overview of the program and prepares you for the registration process.


University of Phoenix has provided tuition and scholarship awards to qualified business owners to attend these online classes free of charge! Here more about free classes at these information sessions.Get your business better prepared for tomorrow and register today.


Official class start dates: May 1, 2018, June 5, 2018July 10, 2018August 14, 2018September 18, 2018October 23, 2018November 27, 2018 and January 15, 2019. All classes are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM ET.

  • Looking for advertising and sales tools? Our marketing course will prepare you to not only promote yourself but utilize the latest technological tools to grow revenue for your business.
  • Interested in procurement or supply chain opportunities? Take the cash flow analysis class to develop business development strategies that can help you land your next big contract.
  • Are you making a large purchase or acquisition? The financial statement preparation class can help you understand what a lender looks for when analyzing your loan application.
  • Need connections to larger business opportunities? Work with our USBC Chamber of Commerce leaders to connect to technical assistance providers, city/state business opportunities and other businesses that can be potential strategic alliance or joint venture partners.

Contact Brian Morse at Brian@usblackchambers.org to registerfor this "free" class for US Black Chambers, Inc.'s members.

If you would like to become a member of the US Black Chambers, Inc., click on the following link.

Gain Access to More Opportunities by Becoming a US Black Chambers' Member:

Regular Price: $199.99

*Click Here to Get Started! - Click here

Contact Brian Morse - Brian@usblackchambers.org to get started!


BizSuccess Tips and Info from the Greater Baltimore Chapter
JULY 2018
First, we want to congratulate our own Jake Spencer for his "District Director's Unsung Hero" award at last month's 34th Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon. 

In just the three short years Jake has been a SCORE mentor he has counseled more than 550 aspiring and current small business owners. Working from the chapter's downtown Baltimore office at 100 South Charles Street he has helped these clients with a wide range of problem-solving, management, leadership, financing, sales and strategic issues.
A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Jake has also been recognized as Mentor of the Year for three years running by the Greater Baltimore Chapter and was honored by the City of Annapolis for his work with the Annapolis Human Relations Committee.
Well Deserved. Thank you Jake!
Next, here's a list of upcoming local workshops and online webinars that will help you start and build your business. 
Consider attending one or more of these local morning workshops at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship in Columbia

  • Is Franchising for You? Pros and Cons -- July10
  • Leadership Fundamentals -- July 17
  • Time-Money Optimization: A Balanced Approach to Financial Health --  July31
  • Grow Your Business Through Social Media Marketing -- August 7
Now for the online webinars... 

July 5 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
How much revenue is your business generating from SEO?

This webinar will show you how small businesses are using SEO to increase revenue by six figures and how you can too. 

What is Florida's use tax, and when is it due?

This webinar will guide you through the facts about sales tax and how it could affect your business.  

Is your business getting noticed on local search?   

This webinar will demonstrate how to optimize your Google My Business listing and other local search strategies.

online search
Too Many Hats? How to Juggle the Different Roles of Owning a Small Business

July 26 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
Struggling to accomplish what you want for your business? 

This webinar will help you focus on the hat that will positively impact your bottom line and help you can focus your energy on what matters most.

Proactive Financing: Playing Offense vs. Defense When It Comes to Getting Funds
July 31 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
How can you be proactive in financing your business? 

Join this webinar, to learn how proactive financing can take your business to the next level.

The 4 WHYs of Public Relations
business owner planning
Public relations can be a confusing marketing tool. Because it combines news and sales, you have to create a story that is newsworthy in the eyes of a journalist. It's not as hard as it sounds. This article will help. 
SCORE helps you succeed! 
Check out one of our latest success stories.
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A Detroit School for Digital Technology (DSDT) was born out of founder Jamie Kothe's desire to use the Detroit tech boom to bring gainful employment to locals. After a lot meaningful work and dedication, DSDT is now impacting the local community. Kothe projects that 94 percent of DSDT graduates will find jobs or opportunities for further study in Detroit within six months of graduation.
How SCORE helped: Kothe says, "Having a SCORE mentor can help you to recognize holes or gaps in your business most small business owners have blinders to and not enough time to analyze."

About the Greater Baltimore Chapter

Open Recruitments

      • Highway Engineering Manager—Executive Service (MDTA)
      • Asset Control and Damage Recovery Specialist (MDTA)
      • ITS and Electrical Engineer (MDTA)
      • Transportation Facility Maintenance Worker III (MDTA)
      • Agency Procurement Specialist II (SHA)

These recruitments are open to anyone, both internal and external people may apply. You can find these our website page at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mdotmd


Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking a full-time Office Manager/Executive Assistant to support Operations for a Professional Asset Management Client in Baltimore.

The Firm and its affiliates bring in excess of 100 years of experience in financing and fostering small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses.  The Firm offers a complete portfolio of financing products and strategic services to advance companies to the next level.

Under the direct supervision of the partners, the Office Manager shall carry out operational and administrative support for the Family of Funds. He/She will also supervise the administrative staff, oversee general office administration, and provide back-up support for the administrative staff.

For more information, visit: 

Laborers Needed for Construction Clean Up!!!!

Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking qualified laborers to join its Construction Clean-up Crew for construction projects throughout Baltimore City. Prior construction experience is helpful but not required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City
  • Must be available to work 6:30am to 3:00pm with overtime as needed (including Saturdays)
  • Must have the strength and endurance to lift heavy debris (50 pounds)
  • Must have the desire and drive to work
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening (upon application and randomly)
  • Criminal Backgrounds considered on an individual basis
  • Two forms of valid ID (Social Security Card and State photo ID/Birth Certificate/or Green Card)
  • 1 Year's experience as a laborer is needed.

Please complete our on-line application in order to be contacted for an interview.

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